Local Resources for Small Business Owners

A panel presentation with representatives of local groups that assist small business owners. A detailed resource guide will be shared. | Adults

Wednesday, June 9 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Adults

Did you know that there are several organizations in Western Mass that provide free guidance to people who want to start or grow a small business?

Join the library and Valley Venture Mentors for this panel presentation with representatives of six local groups that specialize in assisting current and future small business owners.

A detailed resource guide will be shared with everyone who attends.

Register at the Valley Venture Mentors link – choose the June 9 date.

Presented in partnership with:

Valley Venture Mentors



Presenters include:
SCORE Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
U.S. Small Business Administration
Common Capital

May Family Activities

Take and make activities for children and families in May – pick up curbside while supplies last.

Easy Collage Kits

May 1-29

Encourage your child’s brain building with this highly creative, no-fuss activity! Collage making teaches fine motor skills and develops an understanding of textures, shapes, and patterns. Pick up a kit containing oversize paper and a glue stick plus plenty of pre-cut tissue paper, cellophane, yarn, stickers, ribbon, and more. Ideal for ages 3-5 with younger and older children welcome.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, Forest Park Branch, East Forest Park Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch

Mother’s Day Cards Take and Make

May 1-8

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th! Express your affection and admiration for that special woman in your life with a personalized card made by you!  All supplies provided. Pick up curbside. Ages 4-18.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Forest Park Branch, East Springfield Branch, Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Mason Square Branch

Rainbow Ribbon Dancers

May 1-29

Celebrate May with these colorful ribbon accessories.The Take and Make bag includes everything that you need to make a Rainbow Ribbon Dancer – pick it up at curbside! Decorate your wrist cuff with colorful ribbons, then wear your finished Rainbow Ribbon Dancers when you dance and play!  Ages 4-8.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Springfield Branch, Forest Park Branch, Mason Square Branch

Spring Fun Bag Take and Make

May 1-29

Looking for fun this Spring? Look no further! We have exciting, inspiring and fun activities and crafts in the bag! Make your own ball launcher! Plant a flower garden! And more! There’s also a few surprises, so make sure to stop by and get your bag curbside. Ages 5-10.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, Central LibraryEast Springfield Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Mason Square Branch

Mystery Detective Take and Make

May 10-22

May is Mystery Month so we’ve created a take and make kit for budding Private Investigators. Activites include honing observation skills, cracking codes, fingrprint identification, and more! For ages 8-12. Available during curbside hours.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Springfield Branch

Rainbow Flowers Craft

May 10-15

This fun, easy Spring craft is great for all ages to make. Pick up a Take and Make bag kit at our curbside that will include the supplies needed to make this fun family craft. For children of all ages.

At the following location: East Forest Park Branch

Shapes scavenger hunt

May 1 – June 30

What shapes of items can you find outside this spring? Pick up a scavenger hunt curbside, or download and print from online! Head outside to find what’s on the list. Return the list during curbside hours to claim a prize. Take pictures of what you find and share them with us!

Available online or at all library locations.

Supporting Yourself and Your Community: A Mental Health Workshop for Teens

A workshop to help teens recognize signs of mental health distress in themselves and others. | Teens

Wednesday, May 26 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | Teens 13-18

Join us on Zoom where Mental Health Advocate an Social Justice Educator Ysabel Garcia will lead a workshop for teens on recognizing signs of mental health distress in themselves and others.

We will learn what Community Care is and how we can use it to support our friends and family who are experiencing mental distress.

Register at the link: Register

For more information, please contact Emma at epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org or at 413-263-6858.

Everything Grows Storytime

Enjoy this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing for ages 0-5. | Children

Saturday, May 8 | 10:00 am | Ages 0-5

April showers bring May flowers – and this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing!

Caregivers and their little ones are invited to join Grace and Ellen for stories and songs on Zoom for this special springtime event. Ages 0-5.

Register beginning April 15 to get the Zoom link: Register

Lapsit Storytimes Online

Join us Tuesdays in May to read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over Zoom. | Babies and Toddlers

4 Tuesdays in May
May 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30-11:00 am

Join us for a special Lapsit Storytime every Tuesday in May!

Every week we’ll read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over zoom.

Pick up a take home bag at curbside to follow along at home with your little one (while supplies last). This event is for families and caregivers with children ages 0-3.

Register beginning April 15 to get the Zoom link:
May 4 – Register
May 11 – Register
May 18 – Register
May 25 – Register

Virtual Gardening Workshops

A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

ONLINE via Zoom or Video
April 22, May 13, & Sept. 16, 2021 live on Zoom starting at 7 p.m.
June 18, July 16, & August 20, 2021 prerecorded video, hosted on Facebook

Anna Muhammad of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association leads this series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

April 22nd – Click to Enter Zoom
Soil Testing – how it helps soil health and safety
This session explains the UMASS soil test and how gardeners can use it to determine soil safety, and how to add basic amendments. Participants will look at a Logan Labs test, compare the differences and learn how to make basic adjustments to add soil amendments.

May 13th – Click to Enter Zoom
Healthy Transplants and Healthy Produce – How to Maintain Their Health
This session covers how to work with transplants, and how to keep them healthy as well as some aspects of seed starting including in-home incubation.

June 18th – Pre-recorded Video
Basic Gardening Techniques, and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
This review of standard gardening techniques including weeding without harming the soil; vegetable pruning; companion planting techniques, and planting to deter pests helps gardeners get started with the basics.

July 16th – Pre-recorded Video
Recognize Plant Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants and Soil
During the growing season, plants can indicate how healthy the soil is. This session covers detecting soil mineral deficiencies, and how to correct soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 20th – Pre-recorded Video
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops add minerals to the soil year round. They can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. Learn the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops for your small gardens.

September 16th – Zoom
Fall Soil Health, and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing a garden bed for winter is as important as at the start of the season. This session will guide gardeners on soil health and fertility in the fall months and will look at soil testing in the later part of the fall.

QTs of Western MA

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens

Monthly, second Thursdays from 7-9pm on Zoom | Ages 13-19

Register at https://bit.ly/3rrmKd2

March 11
April 8th
May 13th
June 10th
July 8th

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond! We’ll be gathering on Zoom once a month for a safe space to hang out in our PJs and watch videos, play games, listen to music or just talk!

Co-hosted by: House of Colors, GLSEN MA, Out Now, Holyoke Public Library, and Springfield City Library


Virtual Teen Check-In

Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens

Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come hang out with us! Relax, play games, and get to know other Springfield area teens.

Register to get the Zoom link. Ages 13-18.

If you have any questions, contact Emma Peterson at (413) 263-6858 or epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org

Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

NOTE: For now, please join our Romance Book Club meetings online! Registration is optional, click for  link. 

ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | 3:00-4:00 PM | Adults
February 27 – FIRST MEETING!
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 19
July 31
August 28


Join us for the new Romance Book Club! We’ll alternate months reading your own choice and reading the group’s choice.

May Book Choice
Several of us are reading The Obsession, but you can read any stand-alone Suspense Romance by Nora Roberts. Examples include: Hideaway, Under Currents, Shelter In Place, Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, and The Witness, but she has many others! Pick one that appeals to you.

Our Romance collection librarian will tell you all about exciting additions to the collection, and we’ll get your input on what you’d like to see more of and what we should read.

One Saturday a month, 3-4 pm, online via Zoom. Register if you’d like to be added to our email list, but no registration is required – just join us at the Zoom link, above. For adults 18+.

Please email Elizabeth McKinstry at emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org or Anna Mickelsen at amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions, or call either one of us at 413-263-6828.

Group Guidelines

The book group will meet monthly via zoom to discuss books in the romance genre. Our definition of romance includes both HEA (Happily Ever After) and HFN (Happy For Now) endings. We will discuss what we read on our own, talk about forthcoming titles, and also pick books to read as a group, either voting on titles prepared by group leaders or taking turns selecting titles.

This book group will strive to be a safe and inclusive space. Racist and homophobic remarks will not be tolerated, and the group may set other content lines to be drawn in discussion or in reading material (e.g., mentions of self-harm, gore, sexual assault) in order to make the experience as fun for all participants as possible. As this is a romance book group, it should be assumed that books read and discussed will often include sex, sometimes explicit in nature.

Book group leaders will:

  • Read the entire book
  • Gather information to help enhance the discussion
  • Be prepared to offer counter opinions – even if they differ from our own
  • Be prepared to begin new lines of discussion when necessary
  • Not let one person monopolize the discussion
  • Be willing and prepared to take control of the group, firmly but respectfully

Book group participants will:

  • Make their best effort to complete the book
  • Come ready to both share and listen
  • Be ready to back up opinions with the “why”
  • Have a great time — if you stop enjoying it, let the leader know

Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens

1st Wednesday | 3-4 PM | Ages 12-18

Upcoming dates:
– April 7
– May 5
– June 2
– July 7
– August 4
– September 1

NEW – Every Wednesday – optional mini sessions on Zoom!

See details below the weekly prompt.

Register for any session on our teen calendar – follow the link!

See the weekly prompt on our Instagram account – Sundays at 1pm!

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Peaceful? Happy? Join librarians Meg and Lee on Zoom as we Art Journal our feelings!

We will share a prompt and create art together on the first Wednesday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Register on our calendar – follow the link!

NEW – By popular demand, Lee and Meg will also be on Zoom every Wednesday from 3-4 pm to journal the weekly prompt together. It will be low key and informal. Register for any session(s) you want on the library’s teen calendar to get the Zoom link. Happy Journaling!

We will have journals and art supplies available for curbside pick up. Supplies are limited so sign up now! For ages 12-18.

If you have questions or need more information, please email Meg at mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.